Youth Building Buckets for Flood Relief (10/29/17)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in EventAnnouncement, Mission: NJandCountry, Youth Group | 0 comments

Imagine that your home has been flooded.  The smell of mildew is everywhere.  Dirt coats the floors and counters.  One of your biggest needs is something we take for granted: cleaning supplies.  Buckets, soaps, laundry detergent, sponges, trash bags… the list goes on and on. 

As part of the United Methodist Committed on Relief’s (UMCOR) efforts, our youth have started a project to collect items to assemble “Flood Buckets.”  These buckets will be filled with specific cleaning items.

The buckets will be shipped to the flooded areas in Florida and Texas by UMCOR, the mission branch of the United Methodist Church.

Help us by shopping for the items below.  You may choose to assemble an entire flood bucket or donate individual items. Bins for drop-off of items will be in the Narthex until Sunday, October 29.


Please note: UMCOR has spelled out a very specific list of items that are needed in each bucket. Please pay attention to the requirements described below.  Sizes are specified to enable shipping and storage.

Please donate any of the following items (bins will be provided in the church narthex):


 The Bucket:  5-gallon round bucket with resealable lid

  •  Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can  be used if washed and cleaned
  •  Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such  as paint or pool cleaner
  •  Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  •  No square buckets (Only round buckets are used to ensure proper stacking during transportation)


Bucket Contents

Each bucket will contain the following items (in the specified quantities):

  • Liquid laundry detergent:
      One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner:
      12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water. No spray cleaners
  •  Dish soap:
      16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener:
      Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellent spray:
    6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush:
       Plastic or wooden handle  
  • 18 cleaning wipes:
       Handi-Wipes or reusable wipes. No terry cleaning towels. Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges:
       No cellulose sponges due to mold issues. Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads:
       Remove from wrapper. No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads
       (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins

  • Clothesline:
        One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines. Cotton or plastic
  • 24-rolls of heavy-duty trash bags:
         33‐ to 45-gallon sizes. Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks

  • 2 pairs of kitchen dishwashing gloves:
        Should be durable enough for multiple uses. Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair of work gloves:
       Cotton with leather palm or all leather



Some other Important Details…

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.

  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.

  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size.
    Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.

  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.


Please place your items (or completed buckets) in the bins located in the Narthex.  The collection will end on Sunday, October 29.



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